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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 140
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"8.8%alc./vol. 100+ ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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charliedvrs

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into my tulip glass. Thanks to msubulldog25 for this one!

A - A nice golden amber color. About a finger of creamy white head with a tint of gold sits at the top of the beer. Tons of lacing and some little unfiltered specs floating around the second glass.

S - Tons of citrusy fruit upfront, though not exceptionally strong. Bits of caramel from the malts sit in the background.

T - The grapefruit flavor of the hops hits you first, but there's something different here than the usual Cascade/Centennial forward DIPAs. It's more of a pineapple-grapefruit with hints of lemon and orange. It's a sweet beer, with a bit of a sugary taste that tends to downplay the bittering aspects of the hops as well as the high alcohol content. The bitterness waits till the very end of the sip to hit you.

M - I would say medium bodied and carbonated, maybe a bit light on the former. Dry, but not until the finish.

D - Quality brew with a very interesting hop profile that I really enjoyed. I could see how someone could come away not liking it due to personal taste. It's somewhere in between a DIPA and an Imperial Amber and really pushes the sweet citrus flavors without being as bitter as one would expect from the style. Hopefully I'll come across another bottle some time soon!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 16:18:30 | More by charliedvrs
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dgilks

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop hazed, golden-amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Nice head retention.

Big, tropical fruit aroma with a slightly bitter note (like grapefruit). Plenty of fruity sweetness here. Yum.

Medium to big bitterness is teemed up with masses of tropical hops and lots of flavour. A good malt backbone serves only to support the hops with out being cloying.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A really tasty DIPA. This is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 10:16:52 | More by dgilks
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ReDave

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours one of the most cloudy beers I've seen this side of a Hefe.... Rather dark amber with some golden edges in the light.

Aroma was slight pine hops, some malt in there,
[couldn't find a date stamp, this may have been a little old]

Pretty nice big double IPA bite up front, malt backing. Pretty good balance, not bad,
Especially when you factor in the price. Probably the cheapest DIPA out there right now...

I'd get this again, not the best DIPA, but not bad at all, and at under 4 bucks, quite a deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:33:26 | More by ReDave
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. Nice retention and some lacing.

S - Great IPA aroma. Good burnt toast malt, pine, grapefruit and orange peel.

T - The bitter hop character comes through quite strongly with grapefruit, orange and pine. The caramel and malt flavor takes a back seat to the hops.

M - This is crisp, sharp and finished dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - A very fine double IPA that has a great aroma and packs a delicious hop punch.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 00:46:56 | More by zeff80
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allengarvin

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at a run-down station across the street from Pacific U. I love Oregon! Poured into plastic dorm cup. This is a nice, somewhat hazy amber color with a fine white head on top. Those is a tad faint, with pleasant enough citrusy-hops, and a hint of malt, but really not a lot there. Disappointing flavor as well. While sufficiently bitter, hop flavor presents nothing more than a moderate grapefruit cascade taste. Might have been exciting twenty years ago, but it doesn't stand up in the crowd of excellent DIPAs today.

Not bad for a tiny gas-station find. Hopefully I can seek out something better later this week in downtown Forest Grove.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 20:35:42 | More by allengarvin
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decafron

California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a proper pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. golden amber with tons of carbonation and excellent long lasting lacing.

smells of caramel, pine, and of course hops, hops, hops. i can't help but think of spring rain when i put my beak in there.

tastes of massive hops, citrus, rock candy as well as malt in the middle of the palate. probably the maltiest DIPA i've ever come across which isn't a bad thing at all.

mouthfeel is somewhere between a medium to heavy body with lots of carbonation.

a damn fine drinkable DIPA that hides the 8.8% very well. not quite the hopmonster i was expecting, but pleasantly balanced and refreshing. at about $5 i'll gladly be buying more of this. thanks ninkasi!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 03:34:59 | More by decafron
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mshannon

Montana

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint glass.

A- Gorgeous dark amber color, very clear, creamy head, long retention and thick lacing, definitely inviting

S- citrus and floral hops, also nice caramel/biscuity malts

T- relatively big hops, not what I was expecting with double IPA, but tasty and citrusy, same malts, alcohol is mild, nice balance

M- thick and bubbly

D- awesome, very drinkable though not really double, I'll buy it again

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 23:54:58 | More by mshannon
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The foam overtook the top of the glass, settled nicely and I finished the pour.

A - Beautiful perfectly clear dark amber appearance, foamy bronze head that persisted for quite a while.

S - The citricy smell was noticeable as soon as I popped the cap and only got better as I filled the glass. Smelled of grapefruit.

T - More grapefruit - and hops. Lots of hops and more hops.

M - The beer feels very pleasant in the mouth and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

D - The only thing preventing me from having another is the alcohol content.

For a hophead like myself, I feel I have died and gone to Heaven. Ninkasi the goddess would be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:07:23 | More by NWer
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davedahl

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful golden ale w/crystal clarity, thick tight tan head.

Smell: hops hops hops (w/a little caramel).

Taste: juicy big hops, pretty well balanced by rich caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: full, round, but not a gullet-stuffer.

Damn tasty. Overall, smooth hop aroma, citrus, little pine, maybe some catpiss (in a good way). Brilliant clarity, tan head. First sip smacked me a bit of a hop-pucker from the hops. Clean fermentation big bitterness (earthy hops?), balanced caramel backbone, taste cleans up with creamy pine and citrus. Alcohol (8.8%) is present, but not overbearing.

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 20:50:12 | More by davedahl
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velmalikevelvet

California

4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a chilled mug on 6/30/10.

Coppery-orange & slightly clouded, with a generous, creamy head with staying power, leaving substantial lacing & no doubt it was there.

As soon as the cap was popped, the bouquet jumped out! This is the first beer I can really say smelled "floral". Grapefruit, too, in nice measure. Massive hops, just like you'd expect in a DIPA, with a nice bite. Just like it says on the bottle: "Fiercely flavorful."

Chewy in the mouth, with a decent tingle-factor. Great carbonation. Fairly begs to be paired with something spicy.

All around great beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:26:46 | More by velmalikevelvet
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received in a trade with calinalu. Thanks! Chose this over some fresh Pliney to try this afternoon...

Pours much darker than expected, a cloudy rusted copper with a very large, rocky cream colored head. The head has amazing retention and lacing, but the appearance just seems off for a DIPA. Aroma is sticky and sweet, caramel and crystal malts with a weak hop presence with some grapefruit and citrus resin. Flavor has a very strong, potent malt body, again very caramel like and resiny and the hops are not quite as interesting or pronounced as expected. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation, the finish lingers with citrus resin and a strong hop presence than the body, citrusy and piney. Overall, a rather disappointing DIPA, but a very nice, drinkable beer. Reminds me more of an imperial amber, like an aged nugget nectar or rogue's XS imperial red, not the best example of a west coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:19:54 | More by yourefragile
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Patrick999

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is with the lack of freshness date? Not that excusable, IMO. But anyway, poured into an imperial pint. Looks quite appetizing, with the typical DIPA sunny orange-gold. And some decent head retention and lacing too.

Aroma....hmmm...some grapefruit and orange, but a good deal of mango and passionfruit...and much more passionfruit than mango. I like that in a DIPA.

This is a pretty big beer in both hop and malt character. It's mostly grapefruit-seed bitterness and caramel malt, lacking much of what was in the nose.

Decent feel, slightly resinous.

I kinda get the feeling that this is trying to be a poor man's Pliny the Elder. And it does a pretty good job of it as far as the tropical fruit nose, but it doesn't have quite the depth of flavor you'd expect.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 22:12:15 | More by Patrick999
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hoppyhampy

California

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at bevmo last week but no other freshness info. 22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Good inch and a half of frothy head with very nice lacing and above average retention. Color is a cloudy orange-amber. Sweet, biscuity malt and mild, fresh hops on the nose. Rich and full bodied. Syrupy without much carbonation leaving room for improvement in the mouthfeel and drinkability departments. The malt definitely slows the onset of the hops but they come through with a fury. Very bitter and resiny but also light and fresh. I like how the malt comes through first and you are left with the hops to enjoy. Overall very good effort, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:05:41 | More by hoppyhampy
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Gobzilla

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange with a thin head and a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: sweet malts up front with caramel citrus aromas and faint hop notes.

T: this one seems to be more of a malty mess then it is a well balanced DIPA. The malts dominate with caramel citrus notes and very little hop character.

M: meduim body with a little carbonation and has a crisp dry finish.

D: drinks well but iam dissapointed on this west coast DIPA. The beer did not give the name any justice, really lacked that hoppy punch

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 18:20:21 | More by Gobzilla
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- For double IPA I expected a lot more. A bit of pine here with grapefruit hop as well. Followed by a strong malt backbone.

T- Hops are up front with a citrus and pine background but are balanced out by a bready malt backbone. For a double IPA I wasn't really impressed not enough hops here.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink I expected a lot more outta this one. Fairly disappointed here.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 08:13:15 | More by nrbw23
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one. Poured from a bomber into a Blue Point snifter. Shared with capra12.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white semi-coarse head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-orange. Lacing is frothy with little cling.

S: Pine, grass, and cane sugar. Slightly sour hop in the background. Very clean and clear overall with a generous nose.

T: Piney, grassy, and slightly astringent hops dominate with little malt balance. A "west-coast" style offering for sure. Slight sour hoppiness in the background that's more fruity than anything and adds an interestingly different dimension to the experience. Finish is messy with a hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and probably the smoothest IPA I've had in a long time. Soily and almost oily on the tongue, this one just slides down the throat and really lathers the palate. Finish is messy and aftertaste is rather strong.

D: An average nose and taste/balance at best, this one has a ridiculous mouthfeel which just seems to pull everything together. I'd definitely give it another shot if only to see how else the feel can enhance other aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:24:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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popery

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big disappointment. I tried this beer on tap at this year's DIPA Festival at The Bistro and was surprised to find it wanting. Optimistically, I didn't review it, hoping that the sampler didn't do it justice. I have a fresh bottle, now, and can honestly say this does not live up to its reputation.

Tricerahops pours a bright amber, transparent, with a white head. The aroma is dominated by hops, though rather weak, and there are some pine/citrus notes in there, somewhere, but, unfortunately, it's more a body odor/gym socks hoppiness. The flavor also definitely lacks for hops (I'm aware of the limitations of IBU counts and don't put much stock in them, but I'm surprised at Ninkasi's claim that this clocked in 100+). It isn't nearly bitter enough. However, I'll give it some credit for not being sweet, either. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, and the finish is bland with those same mediocre, body odor hop flavors.

I appreciate that Ninkasi is trying to make relatively affordable craft beer, but this is a poor effort. Lagunitas absolutely blows them out of the water, in this respect. I hate to be harsh, but I just don't get this beer and have not been a fan of their other offerings thus far.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 06:58:07 | More by popery
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for a while. Great name, and I've heard great things. My sister sent me a bottle, along with some other PDX goodies, for my birthday.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Much darker pour than I expected. Reddish-orange with a finger of plush foam. Head retains well. Pretty good lacing.

Restrained hop aroma. Caramel sweetness, plus a little citrus and piney/herbal bitterness.

Flavor follows. Lots of sweet malt, with a dry, resinous finish. Not a whole lot of hop flavor, especially for a West Coast DIPA. I expected much more.

Medium-heavy body. Slick, oily texture. Fairly low carbonation is appropriate. Decently easy drinker. Ending bitterness is a tad harsh, knocking the drinkability down a notch. Tricerahops could possibly be a pretty good intro PNW DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 04:23:39 | More by Gyle41386
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Overlord

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With such an awesome name, I expected more.

Pours a golden-ish amber/orange hue. Big white foam head.

Smells mostly of pine, but there's some grapefruit rinds and sweet white grapefruit there also. It actually smells better than it tastes.

The hops are too muted in the flavor. Too much malt, and a weird sweet herbal aftertaste. Some grapefruit, some sticky citrus resin, but it's a bit off kilter for a DIPA.

Good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 09:54:13 | More by Overlord
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a nice long-lasting white head, good lace.

S: Tropical fruit salad, complex and fragrant.

T: Sweet pineapple, passion fruit, guava, very tropical. Malt is nice, almost a cake batter flavour, with some strawberry and grapefruit in the finish.

M: Medium/full-bodied, long aftertaste, very light carbonation.

D: I'm glad this was finally available at BevMo, after Ninkasi's been available for a couple months I wondered when this was going to show up. Under $5 a bomber for a DIPA of this quality, an easy buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:02:22 | More by Halcyondays
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - amazing dark golden in color with suspended sediment that makes it almost look frozen. The head is creamy and resembles pancake batter. Lots of lacing inside the glass makes this pour extremely appetizing.

Aroma - lots of fresh, piney Pacific Northwestern hops come jumping out of the glass. Some sweet, syrupy malt follows and a smell of red licorice as well. Slight hints grapefruit and orange juice combine with cotton candy to round things out.

Taste - big and bitter up front with a boat load of malt backing things up. This is definitely a vamped up IPA with some tongue tingling hoppiness and a warming alcohol level. A bit buttery and citrusy with some very nice piney flavors that coat the inside of the mouth. As a hophead I am not let down, this covers all my needs and then some.

Overall - With so many big IPAs out there its getting nigh impossible to really pick out the great ones from the very good ones. This one is definitely very good and well worth seeking out. Plenty of hop flavor and with a better drinkability than others at this strength.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. What I wouldn't do to have a pint of this at the brewery the first day it is being poured. Talk about hop heaven.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:48:20 | More by indiapaleale
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good clear, amber/autumn appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Great hop pine aroma.

Great amounts of hops and bitterness coat the palate. Not heavy malt wise. Good mouthfeel, nothing resonates to take away from its hop character (and that's why we drink DIPA right?). Not just absurd bitterness, but plays well with the dry hop taste.

Alcohol remains hidden very well, very pleased to be getting this beer in NorCal, much less for only $5.99 a 22. One of many great, nationally under the radar ipa's coming out of Oregon.

EDIT: How many old bottles did Bevmo pick up of this? The last 3 times, old, faded. An A- when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 19:33:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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srandycarter

California

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky amber/unfiltered apple cider. Near white head leaves and chunky clumps and lots of webbed lace remains.

S - Pine and citrus dominate. Some of that pot/cat pee smell.

T - Big caramel center surrounded by equally big hops.

M - Medium to full, nice balance between sweet and bitter. Lush beer.

D - Pretty good for how big and full flavored it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 04:13:18 | More by srandycarter
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jeffjeff1

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago at work.

Appearance- dark golden amber color, thin head

Smell- light hops

Taste- very light hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but I was expecting more hops from a double IPA. I still enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 02:31:53 | More by jeffjeff1
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head at a few inches. Its foamy and frothy on top of a clear orange body with only a slight amount of carbonation rising.

S - Malt aroma accented by yeast and very faint hops.

T - The hop flavors are smooth and unabrupt. There is certainly come hops here butu they don't overwhelm the beer. Ninkasi does a great job of making sure the malt isn't completely bogged out of the flavor picture by the hops. A job well done in my opinion.

M - Thick and smooth this beer is one I can feel in my mouth without a huge amount of abbrasive carbonation.

~ This is a very good beer. I'm very impressed by the flavors and feel of this beer. The aroma left me wanting a bit more but overall, this is a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 22:15:09 | More by cdkrenz
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.